Allen West is trying to stay relevant by going on radio talk shows and he’s spouting some seriously dishonest history along the way. It’s the typical Republican narrative about how the Democrats were the party of the KKK, blah blah blah. But he says black people are not falling for Democrats anymore:
After Berliner declared that the Democratic strategy in this election amounted to little more than hateful fear-mongering, West said that such tactics should not come as a surprise to anyone who knows anything about history.
“You look at the history of the Democrat Party and it’s always been about fear-mongering, intimidation of the voters, coercion,” West said. “They’re the party of segregation. They’re the party of the Ku Klux Klan. They’re the party of Jim Crow. They’re the party of poll taxes and literacy tests and things of this nature, it’s just that they continue to do it except with a different type of tactic in the Twenty-First Century.”
It’s like they think history stopped in the 1940s and nothing else happened after that point. Well here’s some of what didn’t happen: the Democrats pushed through the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act and all the racist Southern Democrats, called Dixiecrats, left for the Republican party, which by then was much more accommodating to racists.
When Berliner asked West if black voters are now finally starting to see that “what the Democrats have been telling them for the last fifty or sixty years are just a collection of lies that are finally coming back to haunt them,” West readily agreed, saying “I do believe so.”
Reality check: 89% of black voters on Tuesday voted for Democrats. Yep, they sure are flocking to the Republican party, aren’t they?